Lowry defense too rugged for Boulder City

It’s not that Boulder City’s girls basketball team was unfamiliar facing man-to-man defense entering the Class 3A state semifinal Friday.

The Eagles just hadn’t met an opponent that played it well for an entire game.

Lowry held Boulder City to single-digit scoring for more than 12 minutes, limited them to 14 points in the first half and went on to a 49-41 victory at Desert Oasis High School.

“We were as prepared as we thought we could be,” Boulder City coach Brian Lemmel said. “We just didn’t see anybody play man-to-man that hard all season long with that much talent.”

Lowry (18-12), the No. 2 seed from the North, advanced to play North No. 1 Spring Creek for the state championship at 6:40 p.m. today at the Orleans Arena.

Boulder City (11-11) rode a four-game winning streak into its second state tournament berth this decade. But the Eagles were smothered early and often by the Buckaroos’ man-to-man scheme, trailing 29-11 in the second quarter.

In her final game before heading to Division II Colorado State-Pueblo, Boulder City forward Caiti Forrester had 23 points, six assists, five rebounds, four steals and three blocks. But no one else scored in double figures for the Eagles, who fell two wins short of their first state title since 1991.

“I know (Forrester) could never accept anything but a state championship,” Lemmel said. “We just couldn’t put it together for her.”

Lowry jumped to a 20-7 lead after the first quarter.

Boulder City pulled within 38-32 early in the fourth quarter, but Lowry responded with a 7-0 run.

“We came out and didn’t play our game,” Lemmel said. “In the first half, it was not us. We knew it wasn’t us.”

Amaya Criswell scored 13 points and Morgen Thacker 12 for Lowry.

Spring Creek 67, Virgin Valley 45 — Noelle Laffoon scored 18 points to lead the Spartans (27-1) past the Bulldogs (21-9) for their 25th straight victory.

Mary Suing added 14 points and Lacy Rider 13 for Spring Creek. The Spartans didn’t trail after the first quarter and opened a 22-point lead early in the third.

Rachel Morris and Shelby Brotherson scored 13 points each for Virgin Valley.

“Our game plan was to try not to give them inside shots and try to push the ball,” Virgin Valley coach Brent Leavitt said. “We did well for moments, but we just couldn’t maintain it.”

A layup by Morris pulled the Bulldogs to within 42-31 midway through the third quarter, but the Spartans closed the game on a 25-14 run.

Contact reporter Tristan Aird at taird@ reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5203.

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